Meet Sokhim Chheang; Assistant Superintendent at Vattanac Golf Resort Cultivating her Agronomy Career

It’s International Thank a Golf Course Superintendent Day and what better way to thank 2nd Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at Vattanac Golf Resort in Cambodia, Sokhim Chheang, than shining a spotlight on her career development and commitment to the golf course.

As part of continued development at Vattanac Golf Resort, Sokhim has enrolled in the Certificate of Greenkeeping with the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF). To start off the education program Sokhim recently attended a 5-day course which covered the first 2 modules; Golf Course Ecology and Leading Greenkeeping staff. Through these sessions, Sokhim has already been able to relate teachings back to her every day role at Vattanac Golf Resort, working with her agronomy team and further enhance the golf course experience.

She commented, “It was a great experience learning from the team from New Zealand Sports Turf Institute team and I look forward to the next 5-day course that will take place in December. I am thankful for the support I have received from Vattanac Golf Resort, AGIF and Troon Golf”

She grew up on the outskirts of Phnom Penh in the province of Kandal and enjoyed nature from a young age, helping her family grow rice and vegetables.

She says, “my progression to forging a career in golf course management was somewhat natural as it allowed me to continue growing the skills I knew and be amongst nature. I started my golf course management career 8 years ago and have worked from the ground up; working as one of the golf course crew, a landscaper, operator, supervisor and now in my current role of 2nd Assistant Golf Course Superintendent.”

This qualification is in partnership with The Asian Golf Industry Federation, The R&A, and The New Zealand Turf Institute.